New Jersey car accidents happen for a number of reasons, including defective vehicles.
Many people are unaware of whether their vehicle, or one they are interested in purchasing, has any open recalls. Rather than take a guess and hope for the best, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is making life easier and safer for everybody.
The NHTSA has released a free online search tool for consumers. This allows them to determine if a vehicle -- either one they own or one they are thinking about buying -- has been impacted by a recall.
Consumers can quickly make their way through the process by entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
The U.S. Transportation Secretary said, "Starting today car owners, shoppers, and renters can find out if a specific vehicle has a safety defect that needs to be fixed – using our free online tool."
Along with this new tool, the NHTSA has mandated that all manufacturers of light vehicles and motorcycles provide the VIN search option for uncompleted recalls on their company's website. This will give owners and consumers another outlet for determining if their vehicle has been impacted by a recall.
Car accidents can be serious, leading to injuries and fatalities. Many of these are avoidable, especially in the case of an automotive recall. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as the result of a defective auto part, it makes sense to consult with a personal injury attorney who is familiar with the laws and can determine which steps you should take next.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "U.S. Department of Transportation Unveils New, Free, Online Search Tool for Recalls Using Vehicle Identification Number" Aug. 27, 2014